Our first indication of Ashish’s academic interests began today: upon being given a choice to do a history or science lesson, Ashish chose science. Today’s lesson was about the brain, its various parts, and the functions of each parts.
What is the brain responsible for? WAY YOU MOVE AND THINK
If the brain is not functioning properly, what is one thing that could be affected? SENSORY PROCESSING
What area is responsible for the majority of the brains function? CEREBRUM
What part of the nerve cell did I specifically mention? AXONS
What part of the brain are we talking about now? FRONTAL LOBE
Tell me one thing the frontal lobe is responsible for. MOTOR CONTROL
What area is in the frontal lobe? BROCAS
Tell me about your Broca’s Area. IT HAS DEFINITE DEFICITS EVEN THOUGH I CAN SAY SOME WORDS. NOT EVEN CLOSE TO MY GIFTED THOUGHTS.
What lobe are we talking about now? PARIETAL LOBE
What cortexes can you find here? SENSORY AND MOTOR
Tell me about your sensory and motor. THIS WILL SOME DAY IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS CONTINUE TO HAVE STUDIES ON IT. EVENTUAL FINDINGS WILL COMMUNICATE THIS IS WHERE AUTISM RESIDES.
What type of movement requires larger muscles? GROSS MOVEMENT
Name a body part involved in gross motor movement. CORE
What type of movement requires smaller muscles? FINE MOVEMENT
Name a body part involved in fine motor movement. EYES
What is the role of the Wernicke’s area? IT HELPS YOU IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
Tell me what body functions the cerebellum controls. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATION
Tell me one function of the brain stem. IT CONTROLS YOUR HEARTBEAT
Tell me about your brain.
JOINING IT SOMEWHAT WITH MY LAST RPM SESSION WITH YOU, I THINK MOTOR IS THE ISSUE IN MY SPEECH NOT MY INTELLIGENCE. I HEARD YOU SAY SPEECH CAN IMPROVE WITH RPM. IS THAT TRUE? I HATE NOT SEEMING SMART SO I THINK THIS WILL HELP ME SHOW I AM. I MEAN RPM THEN TRYING SPEECH.
Not only is Ashish a science buff, but he’s also putting his science knowledge to use to understand his autism! Today, we were able to understand how Ashish has viewed his autism all these years. His frustration is certainly understandable, but at the same time, his passion and determination to express himself is unwavering.